Wimbledon hosts new theater show featuring actor John Bell

Outlander’s John Bell takes the stage for the first time in new Wimbledon show Wimbledon is hosting a new theater show featuring actor John Bell.

John Bell was cast in David Drake’s multi-award winning Off-Broadway hit The Night Larry Kramer Kissed Me.

John is an actor who has starred in the Hobbit film series, Wrath of the Titans and the TV series, Outlander – now he is making his stage debut.

The coming-of-age story follows the life of a young actor – his call for gay pride and activism in New York City during the outbreak of HIV/AIDS in the 80s.

The show runs at the New Wimbledon Theater from February 3-26.

Divided into a series of stories, the show intends to follow a gay man’s journey of self-discovery.

The Night Larry Kramer Kissed Me exposes the sexual, spiritual, and political aspirations at the heart of gay America shared by a generation of gay men and women.

This new production brings together the producers behind recent award-winning productions, such as Martin Sherman’s Rose and West End director Steven Dexter.

Director Steven Dexter said, “It’s a touching and fun piece that reminds us all how important theater is, especially after the tough few years our industry has had.”

The Night Larry Kramer Kissed Me premiered at New York’s Perry Street Theater and ran for a full year off Broadway, making it one of New York’s longest-running solo shows.

David Drake won several awards for his writing and portrayal of The Night Larry Kramer Kissed Me, including an Obie Award for Performance in 1993 and two Dramalogue Awards the same year.

David Drake said: “I am so honored that the producers have been so diligent in producing the first revival of my play in London since I premiered it there at the Kings Head Pub in 1994.

“I am absolutely thrilled to have the extraordinary young actor John Bell bring these words and stories to life.

“The landscape for queer people has changed and improved dramatically since I created The Night Larry Kramer Kissed Me as a continuation of my AIDS and gay rights activism 30 years ago.

“But as Larry himself has reminded us many times, we must continue to tell, understand and ultimately value our stories so that the tragedy of that history is not repeated.

“Indeed, to quote Auden’s poem which Larry claimed the title of The Normal Heart, ‘We must love each other or die'”.

Tickets start from £22 and can be purchased here